Published Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:30 am
He didn’t need their votes, but Arlington’s seven-member legislative delegation deserted Gov. McAuliffe (D) on the governor’s compromise with legislative leaders on recognition of out-of-state concealed-weapons permits.
State Sens. Barbara Favola (D-31st), Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Janet Howell (D-32nd) were among 13 Democrats who voted against the Senate version of the compromise measure. Six Democrats and all 21 Republicans supported the measure, worked out between the McAuliffe administration and the Republican legislative leadership.
A similar measure in the House of Delegates passed 72-26, with Dels. Patrick Hope (D-47th), Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and Mark Levine (D-45th) voting against it and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) supporting it. Lopez later said he intended to vote against the measure; his intention was noted on the roll call but was not reflected in the final vote total.
The measures provide that a holder of a concealed-handgun permit issued by any state who is at least 21 years of age is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia, effectively overturning an interpretation of existing law made late last year by state Attorney General Mark Herring. The governor agreed to the compromise measure in order to win concessions from legislators on other gun-control matters.
While support for the measures came largely from Republicans and downstate Democrats, Northern Virginia Democrats who voted for the measure included state Sens. Dick Saslaw (D-Falls Church) and Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Dels. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) and Mark Sickles (D-Franconia).